When Audi first brought out the R8 they were given so much praise. To be able to produce a supercar with a big V10 engine and a massive amount of grip, but still a usable car for every day, it had become a sort of idol for me. For years I had dreamed of driving this Lamborghini engined beast. The idea of having that much power with the sweet sound of the naturally aspirated engine just made my heart flutter. Now I have the opportunity to drive this legend I hope people are wrong when they say never drive your dream cars.
The sight of this car is truly stunning to behold. This seems to be like a fine wine; over time the development of the car has just made it more and more beautiful. There are only a few cars, like the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and Alfa Romeo 4C, in production at the moment which are as beautiful as this car. With the car’s flowing lines and refined curves, it is like a falcon swooping in for the kill. This is truly a sight to behold.
The interior of the car, however, was a little disappointing. The seats are very comfortable but the whole set up of the car’s buttons and computer systems seem to have been made to be operated by a 12-year old child (way too overly complicated!) In the time I spent in the car I couldn’t figure out how to change the up-front display from the satnav, to get back to the rev counter and speedometer, and only after many attempts did I figure out how to put sports mode on. After which I decided to give up on the electrics on the car and focus on how the car handles and drives.
When I drove this car at first I was greeted by the familiar roar of the V10 engine behind me which immediately gave me goosebumps, but when I started driving I felt like Audi, despite their attempt to improve this car more and more, felt behind the times. Rather like when they brought out the incredible original they had the idea that there was nothing else they needed to improve, but in comparison to much cheaper cars, it gives you the idea that the car is behind the times and massively overpriced. Yes the R8 has a great amount of grip and it is comfortable, but to ask £145,333 for a car that handles as well as, and is no more comfortable than a Mercedes SL and Jaguar F-Type, just seems to be a testament to theft.
Unfortunately for Audi, for the amount they are asking for, you can get some seriously great cars. The 911, the AMG, the F-Type, to name a few, I would personally take over this car. I am utterly disappointed in this car. They always say you should never meet or drive your heroes and to my despair, in this case, it true. If you are personally looking for a car that is just purely for looks then this might be the car for you (if you don’t want a Lamborghini of course). Though if you want a car that is so much better in every aspect, be it simplicity, power, or handling for less money, take a look at the new 911 or the AMG GT. I am left with a sense of despair that all the hype about this car makes it sound so much more incredible that it actually is. My heart hoped for the great car I had heard about but alas I am left disappointed.